October 1, 2020
What’s Next?: The Stakes for Filling Justice Ginsburg’s Supreme Court Vacancy
As had been expected, on Saturday, September 26, President Donald Trump nominated to the United States Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. A Supreme Court vacancy has never been filled this close to an election, and the stakes are enormous. It has been widely reported that Barrett has been named because of her conservative bona fides, and Republicans are eager to get her confirmed and seated as soon as possible, and notably before the election is complete, despite the fact that Americans are already voting. This will leave the court with a 6-3 conservative majority and the power to drive jurisprudence markedly to the right. Join us to talk about the stakes involved, both for the issues and the Supreme Court as an institution.
Moderated by Russ Feingold, ACS President
- Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law
- Victoria Nourse, Ralph V. Whitworth Professor in Law, Georgetown Law
- David Strauss, Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law; Faculty Director of the Jenner & Block Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic, The University of Chicago The Law School; ACS National Board of Advisors.